The Goose has always been really hard on clothes. Everything he touches seems to leave a stain behind, and I often find his clothes covered in ink, mud, blood, or ice cream. This means that nearly every load of laundry I wash needs to be pre-treated.
I used to buy Spray-n-Wash (and use it religiously) on all his clothes – but it never seemed to really get the stains out. Then I found a recipe for a homemade stain remover that REALLY works – and is made from ingredients that almost everybody already has in their home!
When it comes to laundry, I keep a pretty tight schedule that includes washing one load every weekday. I’ve had the same system for a few years, and it really works well for my family. On Monday I wash towels, on Tuesday I wash white clothes, Wednesday I do lights, Thursday I wash darks and on Friday I wash sheets.
Though I am happy with the laundry method that I use, I do have one small problem. The Goose has swim class after school on Tuesdays – which means that his damp towel ends up sitting in the basement for nearly a week before being washed.
I’m pretty good about checking everyone’s pockets when I do laundry. I’ve found loose change, tissues and Legos. I’ve come across bouncy balls, Chuck E. Cheese coins, and the occasional candy bar wrapper. But last week as I was checking pockets something slipped past me. And it was one of the worst things you could miss. It was a crayon. Well, two crayons to be exact.
But these weren’t just any crayons. The first one, and the major offender, was navy blue. The other crayon was that ugly shade of green that nobody ever wants to use. I’m sure that is how it ended up in The Goose’s pocket. I imagine him picking up the crayon, looking at it and thinking to himself “Man, that is one ugly crayon. Nobody’s going to want that one. I’ll just put it in my pocket for safe keeping. And, while I’m at it, I’ll just stuff that navy blue one in their, too. That way they won’t be lonely.”
The bathroom can be a smelly place. Especially bathrooms in homes with kids. And because most little boys I know have bad aim, short attention spans and terrible hygiene, bathrooms in a home with little boys are the absolute worst.
At my house, it really seems like the more I try to cover up the pee smell – with candles, air fresheners, or scented soaps – the worse it gets. And, in the end, I really just ended up with ‘ocean breeze urine smell’ wafting out into the hallway. Yuck.
A few weeks ago The Goose and I headed up north for a whole week and came home to a completely remodeled bathroom.Before the remodel, we had an old plastic shower enclosure that was in pretty rough shape. When it came time to clean the shower, I wasn’t particular when it came to choosing a cleaner. But, now that I have a newly-tiled shower, I am making sure that I use cleaning products that will not only keep it sparkling clean, but that will also keep it in great condition for years to come.
To do that, I have been trying out a lot of recipes for homemade shower cleaners. It took a lot of trial and error, but I’ve finally found a tile cleaner that keeps my shower clean, is inexpensive, and doesn’t harm the fibers of my microfiber cleaning rags.
If you live in a small house, like we do, you know all too well the value of being able to use one tool to do several different things. I have to economize the space we have available, which means we don’t have room for gadgets that only do one thing.
I am always looking for items that can pull double-duty. Finding new uses for things I’ve already got not only helps me reduce the amount of clutter around the house, but it also helps me save money – if an item is not going to serve more than one purpose, I’m definitely not going to waste my money on it!
When The Goose was younger, he was quite the scribbler. There were scribbles on walls. Scribbles on furniture. Scribbles on paper (rarely). And even scribbles on his arms and legs. If left unattended with a marker, crayon, or pencil you’d better believe he’d be off somewhere making a picture.
Like a lot of parents, I would turn to the magic eraser to clean up the scribbles on my walls. Then I realized that it was not just removing the scribble – it was removing the paint too! I knew there had to be an easier way to remove the drawings, and that’s when I found out about the wonders of the microfiber cloth.
Almost five years ago we bought our home – a craftsman style bungalow that was built in 1927. We fell in love with our house because it has a lot of charm – beautiful hardwood floors, arched entryways, picture frame molding, and an old porcelain kitchen sink that I used to find impossible to clean.
Over the years, that sink has caused a lot of anguish. I’ve tried everything to keep it clean – using wash tubs when scrubbing dishes, scrubbing it with scouring powder, and even obsessively cleaning it each and every night. The result? I was frustrated and the sink still wasn’t clean.
The Goose’s best friend is a stuffed monkey named Monkey Max. Monkey Max goes with us everywhere – to church, to the movies, and sometimes he even goes to school!
As you can imagine, Monkey Max’s escapades, while fun, cause him to get dirty. Really, really dirty. That poor monkey has been dragged through mud puddles, has had play dough mashed in his fur, and has been thrown up on more then once. Because of this, I am a pro when it comes to gently (and safely) washing stuffed animals.
I used to hate cleaning my microwave. With all of the bumps, grooves, and crevices, it seemed like it was always an exercise in frustration. Plus – because I didn’t like to do it, I’d always put it off as long as possible, which made it even worse.
Then I found this quick and easy method for cleaning the microwave – just boil a cup of water and let the steam do all the work!